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CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 9:00am EST
norquist. so i say to my friend, john boehner, the speaker of the house of representatives, you control matters on the floor. no one else does. you have the ability and you're the only one that has the ability to put this on the floor for a vote. he should do that. that would be the american way. would the chair announce the business of the day. the presiding officer: under the previous order, the leadership time is reserved. under the previous order, the senate will be in a period of morning business for up to four hours with the senate permitted therein for up to ten minutes each with the majority controlling the 230eurs minutes. -- controlling the first 30 minutes. mr. reid: i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: ms. stabenow: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from michigan. ms. stabenow: thank you, madam president. the presiding officer: we are in a quorum call. ms. stabenow: i would ask suspension of the quorum call. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. stabenow: thank you. madam presid
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 9:00am EST
she has hopes that speaker boehner will come around. hoeup that in fact -- i hope that in fact is the case, but to this point there hasn't been a lot of progress, and i'm very, very disappointed. madam president, i want to have -- i ask consent that the record will appear in two different speeches. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. reid: appreciate that. i'm going to talk about joe lieberman. the very, very modest apartment -- no hot water -- where joseph lieberman was raised has long since been demolished, but the values he learned in that little apartment in the flat above his grandparents' house are still there. the same values of devotion and public service has driven him not only to overcome humble beginnings, but to serve the country for 24 years in the united states senate. two years ago, on the day he announced his retirement from the senate, joe lieberman described his rise from a cold water flat to congress as follows -- quote -- "my four grandparents came to america seeking freedom, and they found it. they came to america hoping for opportunities, and they got t
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 11:00pm EST
the same players and the players who matter most are the president, speaker boehner. what do we know about the personal relationship that might eliminate what's going on right now? >> they've started out last year when they were working on the debt ceiling and they had buber called the merlot and nicorette meeting come in other words, boehner would have a merlot and obama which you nicorette. >> you point out in the boat somehow when they took the official photo, both of the spanish. >> yes, they had iced tea for obama. of course boehner had a cigarette and they put the cigarette in the ashtray away from the picture. but they haven't closed the deal on the personal relations and that's a shame. i think somebody said this month during your breakfast, you should sponsor a weekly dinner between obama and honor and everyone would agree to pay for it and let them talk and get to know each other. [inaudible] >> john collingwood. that's right. what do you think? [inaudible] [laughter] >> a special round? well, you know it's a personal relationships, when john was the sba spokesman, he was o
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 8:00pm EST
president, speaker boehner. what do we know about the personal relationship that might illuminate what's going on right now? >> well, they started out last year when they were working on the debt ceiling, and they had what are calledded the merlot and nicorette's meetings. in other words, boehner would have a merlot, and obama would chew nicorette. >> you point outside in the book somehow when they took the official photo, both of those vanished. >> yes. they had iced tea there for obama. of course, boehner had his seg represent, and they put the cigarette in the ashtray away for the picture, but they have not closed the deal on the personal relations, and that's a shame. i think if somebody, instead of sponsoring your breakfast and all, sponsor a weekly dinner between obama and boehner and everyone would agree to pay for it and let them just talk and get to know each other and see, you know, it's -- >> how much -- >> oh, that's right. what do you think? >> i think that's a great idea. [inaudible] a special room. >> i'm not sure -- [inaudible] >> yeah, okay, but, well, you know, but, i,
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 12:00pm EST
spending cuts than president obama and john boehner has come up with about $2.2 trillion plan over 10 years. he offered 800,000, i'm sorry, 800 billion in revenues, which he would like to get from tax reform, broadening the base, removing some of the tax deductions. without raising the income tax rates on the higher income households. and that is the sticking point. president obama has offered not real specific plan for spending cuts. in fact he has offered to, he wants to do a little bit of economic stimulus for job creation. but he has offered about 400 billion in medicare cuts as a starting point. but president obama is, seems to be going to the mat on raising the top two tax brackets for households earning 250,000 or more. and this is what the republicans, political and for historical reasons have had the most trouble with. >> host: house republicans according to the "usa today", we're looking 300 billion in mandatory savings and 300 billion in discretionary savings. that is their proposal so far put out by the speaker. what are we talking about here? >> guest: the best indicat
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 12:00pm EST
. president, i listened to speaker boehner where he said the ball is in the president's court. i couldn't disagree more with the speaker of the house. and i think it's important to point out that since we've been working on trying to deal with this deficit issue, we have already agreed to over a trillion dollars of cuts in spending. it's in discretionary domestic spending, some of the most challenging areas that affects our most vulnerable people. we've implemented that. this is since the recommendations of the simpson-bowles commission came out. we took action. we imposed caps on discretionary dome spending. our federal work force has been through years, a couple years of pay freezes. we've seen programs that have been cut back on the support that they give people who need help. so we've already contributed on the spending side. is it enough? no. do we need to do more? absolutely. but we've done that. the next piece that must be done is the revenue piece. you can't have a balanced approach unless you have the revenues. smeen of my colleagues -- so many of my colleagues have talked about
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 9:00am EST
pass the senate bill. dozens of house republicans signed onto a letter urging speaker boehner to take the last hexit before the cliff. neither president obama nor democrats in congress have ever been ambiguous about our proposal to provide economic security for 98% of american families and 97% of small businesses while asking the wealthiest 2% to contribute just a little more to stop this runaway debt. and now that even a dyed in the wool conservative like senator coburn of oklahoma has endorsed the democratic approach, here's what he said, "i know we have to raise revenue. i would rather see the rates go up," he said. he's been heavily involved in everything that's happened in the last several years in washington dealing with debt. when he joins in, that's really significant. it is apparent how this will end. the only question is, when will it end? it's how long will speaker boehner make middle-class families wait for relief and how long will he force the financial markets to wait for u un-- wait for certainty? the longer he delays, the greater i think ris the risk to. so i urge him,
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 5:00pm EST
from the summit when the president and speaker boehner walk out with the tablets in hand saying we have a deal. many of us wonder if that's going to be achievable. we're holding our breath, but as we near the end of the year, clearly as has been stated repeatedly on the floor, the necessity of putting something together to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff, the disastrous i ask unanimous consent sequences of our not acting, tax increases for every american taxpayer, massive cuts to defense at a time when the threats around the world are as varied and as great as we've seen in a long time. other essential programs of the federal government being affected by that. that's the last thing we need in this tepid economy with a lot of people out of work and hoping for some consensus to come together to provide a -- a long-term solution to our fiscal problem that continues to have a negative effect on our economy and more importantly, keeps people out of work. and so as that clock ticks, some are saying, well, partisanship is just too great in washington. the country's too divided. we're not
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 12:00pm EST
need to take their word for it, either. just listen to the voices within speaker boehner's own party. there we go. a kent conrad i am not in terms of my facility with charts. it's clear that speaker boehner has needed cover from his right flank before he could agree to any deal on taxes with the president. the speaker didn't have it before, but he sure has it now. when "the wall street journal" editorial page says that decoupling would not go against conservatives' antitax principles, that gives a whole lot of cover to the speaker. when grover norquist refuses to declare whether decoupling would violate his group's pledge, that, too, gives a whole lot of cover to the speaker. and when more and more rank-and-file republicans come out publicly every day in favor of passing the senate bill, that, too, gives cover to the speaker. you really have to absolute cram tom cole. he was the first one on the other side to dare speak the truth about what should be done on taxes and he's been on tv almost every day making the case to his party in public. the day after congressman cole went public h
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2012 11:00pm EST
cole house speaker john boehner sens the proposal what do you think? >> it is a great opening start makes sarid tangible what the speaker committed to it after the election to the revenue on the table not how much or what way with that is inner misstep by the republicans not something we want to do but what we have to do. the speaker's proposal directs us to real problems that is what drives the debt and you cannot pussyfoot to warsaw office revenue but to have fundamental reform. we like the right and budget this the cure picked up elements of first gambles and i think again in the effort to try to reach across. he needs to get effort to for what will be an active discussion. >> does have violate the pledges to violate taxes? >> it of thing so. keeping tax rates with a hour is the question. you can increase revenue by a more independent system getting away from loopholes. that is something that paul ryan is a leading advocate. i think it is a smart and good proposal if i was pleased to see their pay republican setting off the justice name hopefully the white house knows that means
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2012 12:00pm EST
. speaker boehner could end the suspense with one vote. over the weekend the junior senator from tennessee, senator corker, joined a number of senate republicans and more than a dozen house republicans in calling for that vote. to quote senator corker, i'm beginning to believe that is the best route for us to take. many republicans have no leverage in this face-off. democrats agree sending the senate-passed tax cut to president obama's desk is the quickest and most sensible way out of this crisis. avoiding the fiscal cliff is no excuse for republicans to replace this artificial crisis with another one. congress should pass the proposal to end periodic standoffs over the debt ceiling. this plan would give president obama the authority to avoid default over the nation's bills. democrats are ready to vote any time but first senator mcconnell needs to stop filibustering his own legislation rhode island now speaker boehner and minority leader mcconnell are the only thing standing between congress and compromise. it's time for them to prove to american families that they're more intere
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 5:00pm EST
some new revenue. speaker boehner has put $800 billion in new revenues on the table. however, we still not have heard from any sub substantive ideas m the president or other leading democrats about cuts to spending or entitlements. we haven't even heard the president say good things about the simpson-bowles recommendations, a commission he appointed, a commission that had republicans and democrats on it, a commission that reported that had conservative republicans and liberal democrats saying we ought to do what we can to see the simpson-bowles approach through. it would be nice to see the president endorse a recommendation of a committee he appointed that had a suggestion for taking care of this fiscal cliff problem. if he had done that two years ago, we wouldn't be debating the fiscal cliff today. so there are serious concerns on my side of the aisle that any agreement we reach will result in immediate tax hikes but promise spending -- promised spending cuts never occurred. we need more than just empty promises from the other side. the president and my colleagues on the other s
CSPAN
Dec 5, 2012 5:00pm EST
>> the holdup right now is speaker boehner took a position the day after the campaign that those who are willing to, but not increase rates. that explains why we don't think that works. born in insisting on rates just out of spite or out of any kind of partisan victory. but rather because we need to raise a certain amount of revenue. now we've seen some movement over the last several days among some republicans. i think there's a recognition that may be they can expect some rate increases as long as it's serious entitlement reform and conditional spending cuts. if we can get the leadership on the republican side to take that framework, to his knowledge that reality, then then i'm yours actually aren't that far apart. another way of readiness as we can probably solve this in about a week. it is not that tough. but we made that conceptual breakthrough that says we need to do a balanced plan. that's what's best for the economy. that's what the american people voted for and that's ever going to get it done. one last point, most are taking questions. there have been reports and these are
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 6:00am EST
meeks will be carrying the boehner for this very important region in the world. it's important for a lot of reasons, but one of those reasons is the potential for energy, energy to really free western europe from other alternative sources that may not be right for them all right for the world. and that it is not in certain countries best interest, iran, russia, come to light for the pipeline to go through, to bring those natural energies, oil and gas resources to parts of the world that would like to have an alternative source. and i think it is important for congress to keep an eye on this region, and to make sure that the ability that is in place continues and that these emerging markets are allowed to continue to grow and prosper. because i truly believe that they are a bright spot in the world's future. i yield back. >> thank you very much. ariel cohen is the leading expert in russia, eurasia, eastern europe and the middle east. he serves as a senior research fellow in russian and eurasian studies and international energy policy at the heritage foundation and we're glad to have y
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 12:00pm EST
of the house from both sides. can john boehner cut a deal without eric cantor and paul ryan? >> well i have a pretty good understanding of the house, but i'm always wondering into leadership politics. just to broaden the question a little bit, i think the question is whether or not the speaker is going to be able to bring a good part of his caucus, and that will require a united leadership team. >> just to interrupt, and talking short-term. >> i understand and i think that is going to be a requirement. i think one of the decisions that the speaker will have to make is whether he is prepared to put a bill in agreement on the floor of the house that by not have the majority of republicans in the house to support. that is one of the questions, because senator corker points out that there are a number of ways to say yes on this but it's not clear in my mind whether there is a way that necessarily brings the majority of the house republicans. not that we can't get a majority in the house but the hastert rule after speaker hastert you have to have half the republicans the matter what befor
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 5:00pm EST
, say march, to increase the debt limit and that was what john boehner used as is leverage a year-and-a-half ago in his talks with president obama so there's a belief on the part of democrats that they would like to get this idea in common circulation and also trying to manufacture some dialogue, the debt ceiling really isn't the kind of leverage that it was a year-and-a-half ago. you saw some of that from the president yesterday when he was talking more last week when he was talking about he is not going to play that game anymore. and then it turns out the democrats had enough votes, if it were to be put to a majority vote to pass it through the senate and instead, senator mcconnell insisted that it requires 60 to get past the filibuster. >> on the republican side how would they vote on the fiscal cliff for raising the debt ceiling help the gop make their case? >> guest: i am not sure it would, in all honesty. a lot of people, politically, don't know how effective it would be. >> any indication how things are going, how things are going behind-the-scenes on negotiations on the fi
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 11:00pm EST
there is a debate with the boehner plan about the chained cpi and as an economist is there logic and going to that? do think it's a move that should be done separate from the politics of it and again the labor market come he talked about the importance of the 6.5% threshold but the broader conditions and the nemesis -- in your mind what is happening in the job market? are we creating jobs? is that why it's coming down or is it because people, the degree of discouraged workers? what is your sense on how quickly it has fallen because of new employment? >> on the first question, chained cpi versus the fixed-rate cpi, the technical issue, chained cpi is technically better according to most economists because it allows for changes in goods and services that people actually consume more effectively. however more appropriate for social security indexing or not i think that is a political decision. i suppose a rejoinder would be that neither the cpi nor the chained cpi may be a good measure of the cost of living for social security recipients so those are the kinds of questions that congress
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 12:00pm EST
and i know senator mcconnell and speaker boehner have pleaded with the president to talk about these long-term systemic problems. social security, medicare, medicaid and interest on the debt is almost 60% of what we spend in this country, and they are growing at three times inflation rate. this is unsustainable. this is what erskine bowles, the man the president chose to head his debt commission, has warned us about. in fact, the house proposal that indicated they would accept an $800 billion tax increase was a good-faith attempt to reach out to the president based on what mr. bowles has said. they basically call it the erskine bowles plan. that's what he suggested. how the tax rates wouldn't go up, but the deductions would be eliminated. he would have a simpler, more flat tax system. you would bring in $800 billion more in revenue. they would use this revenue to help reduce our deficit. that's the kind of plan that's serious. but the president has hammered the house plan. secretary geithner says it is unacceptable. but it's erskine bowles' plan, that's what it was. it was a se
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 5:00pm EST
speaker boehner and this is an outline of the president's deficit reduction plan. this is what they are proposing to do. it started off a few weeks ago at $1.6 trillion in new taxes, now we're talking about $1.4 trillion, i understand. that's the latest iteration of the tax increases. 1,400 billion dollars in tax increases. well, where will that money go? and will it change the debt course of america? will it put us on a sound path? can we go home at night and say wow, i'm glad they finally got their act together and put this business on the road? well, let's examine what they're proposing. they're proposing to spend above the b.c.a., the budget control act limits that i just talked about. they have certain limits, includes the sequester. those limits are in law. the law will have to be changed and if a president propose to change the law, and to eliminate 12 hundreds billion cuts. that's 60% of the cuts that were agreed to when we raised the debt ceiling $2.1 trillion. wipe out 60% of them, just like that. that is new spending above the law in effect today, eliminating the caps that i
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2012 8:00pm EST
oklahoma. house speaker john boehner sent his proposal to the white house yesterday. what do you think? >> guest: it is a great opening fire. it makes very tangible what the speaker committed to after the election, which is will put revenue on the table so it's settled them are not talking about how much and what way. it is an enormous step forward either republicans or concessions. not something we want to do, this something we recognize we have to do to get there. second, the speaker's proposal directs us towards what the real problem fire, which are entitlements. as for driving that come you can't pussyfoot around it. you have to have fundamental bill reform. while we like to run and budget may still end that would be the appropriate way to go, the speaker picked up elements of proposals that erskine bowles and senator simpson had made. again in an effort to reach foer. so the speaker needs to get credit for terrific effort and a great opening position but now hopefully will be a discussion. >> host: loopholes and deductions by which the grover norquist pledge to not raise tax
CSPAN
Dec 8, 2012 9:00am EST
limit deadline, i had dinner with john boehner, and saxby chambliss, who'd been close friends serving together in the house. i shared my concerns with the speaker and he asked how i would get to a better outcome >> guest: well, first of all, ask yourself the question, when was the last time the debt limit was not increased. so, do we have a debt limit? and the answer to that is, the reason we're in trouble is because we essentially do that every time a president wants to raise it, they did it raised. so we've never acted responsibly to trim the waste in government. here's the other point i think. we are going to -- here's the debt limit we're going to run into. it's what "the debt bomb" is all about. there will come a time in the very near future where people won't loan us money. because their expectation of our ability to pay it back will be such that we will see interest payments like greece. and that's not all that far away. you can have ben bernanke telling you there's no inflation. most americans know that is into right now if you're out there buying milk and groceries and gasoli
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 9:00am EST
were that last summer the president speaker boehner were having a secret negotiations about the budget. at the white house was willing to consider raising the eligibility age on medicare, and changing the way cost-of-living adjustments in social security. those two ideas, as you said was that an election, should those two ideas still be on the table now that the president and speaker are entering to go? >> when it comes to medicare and medicaid and social security, and many of us have dealt with it, it's not part of the budget discussions specifically so it doesn't have to be done right now and it's not as much risk, we can deal with and wished. but but when it comes to medicare and medicaid and health care generally, i think that we start on medicare, making sure we're committed to medicare. as a promise would make your seniors. not just current seniors the future seemed even 54-year-olds, even 44-year-olds, 34-year-olds. it is something we start with that promise to keep the universal and keep benefits. once we make a decision that we're not going to shift costs to individuals
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2012 8:30am EST
found myself between john boehner and tim geithner. i quickly backed up. [laughter] but it wasn't up to me to talk to a lot of colleagues on the house side and the senate side, gene and others. i told gene what i was going to say, and then i realized after the fact that i have no idea what he's going to say. so he did a good job finding out what i'm going to say. so i look forward to hearing his comments. >> many i came all the way from the other washington to let you all know my great grandfather died fighting for social security, and i'm not about to let the 2% take away these hard-won benefits from my generation. i'm here for my mom who's a public schoolteacher who spent the better part of 40 years educating our children. she deserves and needs to e retire next year. she's 64. i'm here for darlene, a -- [inaudible] native who receives her life saving blood pressure medication through medicare part d. i'm here for alice, an african-american grandmother of ten who receives treatment for her diabetes through medicaid. this woman worked her whole life in the hotel industry. i'm here f
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 12:00pm EST
. it's not surprising that speaker boehner has put forth a significantly flawed plan, in my view, that would jeopardize our economic recovery, undermine the middle class by not providing immediate support for a recovery, an additional recovery, and do very little to achieve real deficit reduction. while the president, in contrast, has put forward a clear and specific plan, the speaker's proposal is light on details related to deficit reduction. it is, i sense, another sign that the republican party is out of touch with the majority of americans who favor the president's approach. we have had an election where voters made it clear that if you're going to propose major policy changes, then those proposals must be real and credible. americans want us to be candid with them, honest with them to make difficult decisions, that they're willing to support these decisions if we are, indeed, candid and straightforward. we can disagree about policy. we do that all the time. but it's hard to disagree about simple arithmetic. the speaker, for example, has proposed $800 billion in taxes through -- q
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 9:00am EST
being passed or it can be, as we hope, president obama and speaker boehner have some sort of a framework for us to put meat on that framework so we don't go over the cliff to have this bill be a part of it. and when that whole fiscal cliff debate is about jobs, you don't want to forget about the 75,000 jobs and the wind energy. and a lot of these jobs have already been on the -- have already led to some layoffs. we could bring those people back to work pretty fast. i yield the floor. i guess i would suggest the absence of a quorum. quorum call: a senator: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from nebraska. mr. johanns: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, the founders of this great country -- spoeup sir, we're -- the presiding officer: sir, we're in a quorum call. january january -- mr. johanns: mr. president, i ask the quorum call be set aside. the presiding officer: without objection. the senator from nebraska. mr. johanns: the founders of this great country wanted the senate to be set up as a body anchored to fully demand and fully debate issues. yet there h
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